Saturday, September 12, 2020

How to Start and Build a Psychotherapy Practice

Deena Abbe, Ph.D. ~ Barbara Fontana, Ph.D. ~ Steven Hartman, Psy.D. ~ Laura Van Schaick-Harman, Psy.D.

Presented Via Zoom (details to follow)

Presentation followed by Question & Answer Period as Time Allows

Sign in will begin at 8:45 AM

The target audience for this presentation is mental health professionals who are in clinical practice. The workshop will be given on an introductory level.

Handouts can only be guaranteed only for those who pre-register and pay by 9/5/20.


SCPA Members: No Fee ~ 3 CE credits are available for $60 ($20 a credit)
Nonmembers: $10.00 fee until 9/5/20, $15.00 fee from 9/6/20 - 9/12/20* ~ 3 CE credits are available for an additional $105.00 fee ($35 a credit)
Undergraduate Students: - Free (with proof of student id)

Certificate of Attendance available for $5.00 additional

Please note there is a $1 processing fee for all credit card payments.

There is no known conflict of interest involved in this program nor commercial support provided for its presentation.

This workshop will cover how to start a private practice, how to market your practice and develop a niche. Clinical issues, business issues, HIPAA, the SAFE Act, and malpractice insurance will also be addressed.

By the conclusion of the presentation, attendees will be able to:

  1. describe three ways to market a practice;
  2. enumerate three important elements to address in the initial session with a new patient;
  3. articulate what information is required to be included in each session note;
  4. explain the basic principles and concrete requirements of HIPAA.

Dr. Deena Abbe is a licensed psychologist. She has a private practice specializing in infants and children. Her areas of expertize include ADHD, Tourette’s Syndrome, Autism, social phobias, and aggression.

Dr. Barbara Fontana has been in private practice since 1979. She has been leading and presenting this workshop for SCPA biannually since 2005. In addition to being a licensed psychologist, she is an Advanced Clinician in Imago Relationship Therapy. Four years ago she transitioned from a full-time practice serving adults and couples to a part-time practice only working with couples.

Dr. Steven Hartman is a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist. He is employed in the Sachem School District. He has had a part-time private practice for many years working primarily with children, adolescents and their families.

Dr. Laura Van Schaick-Harman is a licensed psychologist, certified school psychologist and a Board Certified- TeleMental Health provider. She has a private practice serving children, adolescents and adults. She offers online therapy services. She has a great deal of experience using social media both clinically and as a marketing tool.

If you have any questions, please email or call 631-623-0293 and be sure to leave your contact information at the number in your email or message. You may register and pay for this and any of our other workshops via our website using the form within this listing or by mailing in your payment by September 5, 2020 (payable to SCPA) with your name and contact information to: Suffolk County Psychological Association, 358 Veterans Memorial Highway, Suite 10, Commack, NY 11725.

If you prepay and need to cancel ~ please do so via email to: or by leaving a message 631-623-0293 up until 48 hours prior to the workshop and a credit will be issued towards a future SCPA workshop.

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Suffolk County Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Suffolk County Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Suffolk County Psychological Association is approved by NYSED State Board for Social Work to provide continuing education to LMSWs and LCSWs in New York State

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